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Dive Review of Arenui in
Indonesia/Raja Ampat

Arenui: "Raja Ampat aboard the Arenui", Jan, 2016,

by Mark Rosenstein, MA, US (Contributor Contributor 19 reports with 14 Helpful votes). Report 8856 has 3 Helpful votes.

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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments The Arenui is a wonderful boat which I have been on before in Komodo. This was my first trip to Raja Ampat.

The boat is the most luxurious liveaboard I have been on. Lots of carved wood, every cabin is different, artwork, a good amount of space and high end fixtures. The only oddity in the boat is that you have to walk through the salon to get between the dive deck and the tenders. The crew is very eager to help and provides excellent service.

They were very flexible on dive sites. We had some great manta ray encounters, and repeated those sites a second time. When the first mate got very sick one night, we changed the move from Misool to the northern Raja Ampat sites up a day so we could drop him by Sorong, and only ended up with one fewer dive than we would have otherwise. A few dives were moved due to reports from other dive operators of saltwater crocodiles. They accommodated my request to forego a regular dive to explore some mangroves instead.
Websites Arenui   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Fiji, Komodo, Lembeh, Tulamben, Palau, Solomons, Wakatobi, GBR, Galapagos, many Caribbean
Closest Airport Sorong Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy, cloudy Seas calm, currents, no currents
Water Temp -°F / -°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility - Ft/ - M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Most dives had no time limit, other than night dives and a couple where they wanted to move the boat. Guides were usually in the water for 70 minutes or longer.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 5 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments They don't have a dedicated camera room, just some tables in the salon, which can get crowded.
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By Craig schmidt in MI, US at Jun 26, 2016 14:18 EST  
How would you compare Komoto to Raja Ampat?
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